Spring is Coming
and that means Native Plants and Planting
Join us with our Restoration Planting in March and come to the Native Plant Sale in April
Join us for an Invasive Removal Day on February 25th along the CoLinx Wetland or be part of the planting in March on a number of sites. Contact Dennis at 931-484-9033 if you want to help.
In April, we'll be having a Native Plant Sale at our booth at the Master Gardeners Spring Garden Show on April 24-26th.
Major Progress on the Little Obed Project!
Since our fast start on the Little Obed Project in October, we've had to work around the weather, but were blessed with some great days in November and December. All the cedar revetments got installed to both stabilize and rebuild eroding banks. The undercut and vertical banks were graded back and then seeded with a native mix of perennials and shrubs and matted to prevent erosion. We'll be back in March to add bare root trees and shrubs.
Next we installed native rock along the toe of the new banks to prevent future undercutting. We also used rock to reinforce existing drops along the clay bottom to stabilize that area. We built a large rock grade structure to raise the stream bed back above the natural gas pipeline and then created a riparian wetland along the stream channel inside the new banks. Finally, we spent another week removing invasive plants, particularly privet so that the native plants can get reestablished.
It was exciting to see the new streambed and banks respond to the heavy rains we had in November and early December. Now we are looking forward to the planting in March. We'll be putting together a slide show on the project soon, but for now, there are a few shots of the project below.
Staff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park.
Tuesday, March 3,
4:00 p.m. Common
Ground (405 W 4th St)
We love our frog friends, but they’re not
the only stars of the amphibian world here on the Plateau. Salamanders are also wide-spread and show up
in a variety of habitats ranging from streams and wetlands to leaf piles in
your backyard. Mark Thurman of the
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will present his talk and slide show on the
salamanders of our area and their habitats.
While there are some rare one that are only found here, they are all
fascinating critters. Come learn more!
A team led by Brad
Fox is working hard to put together our first Native Plant Sale, which we’re
going to do at our booth at the Garden Show on April 24-26th. Right now, we’re working on finding plants to
sell, we will be doing some potting in March, and we will be working on
publicity. We’ll also need workers
during the sale. If you would like to
help with this, call Brad at 281-755-2431. We've got a plant list together for the sale. We'll be offering Little blue Stem and Switch Grass, both native warm season grasses, Beauty Berry, Coral Berry, wild Hydrangea, and native Azaleas for shrubs, and Blazing Star, Black Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Cardinal Flower, Columbine, Blue Lobelia, and Dwarf Iris for flowering perennials. You can also call Brad to pre-order.
While July seems a
long way away, WaterFest is a BIG activity and to continue to make it a
success requires a lot of planning and coordination. Matt Matteson is heading up the effort this
year and he’s putting together a team of volunteers. If you’d like to help in any way, give Matt a
call at 742-0153.